Just Breathe…

A few deep breaths should suffice.

Inhale…

Exhale…

Inhale…

Exhale…

Inhale…

Exhale…

Problems with meditation?  Unable to turn off the inner chatter?  I concentrate on my breathing and this normally helps.  Since my focus is on my actual breath, the inner chatter can not take hold of my mind.

Ascending to happiness

“The heart was made to be broken.” – Oscar Wilde

It should really be the brain was made to fuck with our emotions. If only are heart is able to forget or make better decisions. Even when considering it metaphorically, it sends me into a whirlwind of thoughts, it really is THE BRAIN!

I believe that our brain is THE worse muscle that we have due to the memories it keeps. However, there is this idea that one can train our muscles and that muscles have an ability to memorize, I believe it is called muscle memory. If our brain is a muscle and we consider the theory of muscle memory, is it possible to retrain our brain?  Since the concept of traditional physiological muscle memory is the result of consistent motion over a period of time, if the brain experiences the same, will it also endure the muscle memory theory. I read somewhere that to make firm changes or new habits, repetition is required.

According to some of the research by professional psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists, it is VERY POSSIBLE to make cognitive changes and ascend into a happier state of mind.  The studies conducted focused on how meditation can change the structure of our brain.

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day.” Sara Lazar

It appears that by meditating, we can retrain our brain.  The professionals are not clearly suggesting that through meditation, one will become happier, but by meditating, one can increase our well-being.  Reduce the stress and anxiety in our lives will result in an increase of a better quality of life.

It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life,” says Britta Hölzel

Apparently, we can begin to ascend in a matter of just 8 WEEKS!  Just 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks, isn’t this just glorious news?  An actual time frame where we can actually see and feel happier.  While this does sound a bit strange, according to some professionals, it is all very possible.

I will attempt to overcome my laziness and create a new habit!  Approximately 30 days to break the habit and 30 more days to reaffirm the new habit = 8 weeks. TIME TO ASCEND!

The balance of being selfish and loving yourself

I read an article that offered me some reminders on how to love myself. This is a PG article and nothing XXX about it. Owen, recommends how to date one self or marry one self. As nerdy or possibly pathetic as this sounds, it got me thinking about something completely different. The article had me thinking about the ability to sit alone or be alone. Being able to be silent and alone, without distractions is very calming.

I will always encourage people to do things solo. It can be empowering and also invigerating. It forces one to be solely responsible for all decisions and actions. Some may say that being alone can appear to be like a recluse but for me, it is about regenerating my energy. I sometimes change plans when I see that I will have an opportunity for alone time.

On the flip side, we are social beings and it’s important to be social with others. Since socializing can depreciate my energy level, I have to allow myself at least one day a week to recoup. It’s important that we remember to take time for ourselves and balancing it with everything else in our lives is crucial.

Owen, Marilyn J. (Aug 20, 2013). Advice to All the Single Ladies. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/08/advice-to-all-the-single-ladies-marilyn-j-owen/